A Bob postcard from China. Difficult to believe there would be many Montgomery fans in China. A handsome man is a handsome man anywhere, but to see a dubbed Bob without that voice and the New York, studio-modulated accent ... talk about being "Lost in the Translation!"
And quickly, who is the odd person out in this photo?
Jack Carson, Joan and Dennis Morgan in It's a Great Feeling (1949)
Ran across this picture a while back, found it to be a bit mesmerizing. Might have been the nicely tailored suit, the helmet, the granite-jawed face...whatever, I had to have it.
Jack Holt was a star in the silents who transitioned easily into the talkies, and later continued as a supporting player until his death in 1951. In 1942, Gen. George C. Marshall requested that he serve as a horse buyer for the cavalry. Holt stayed in the service until 1945, and the first film he made on his return to acting was They Were Expendable. He was 57 at the time ... and I always thought of Bob as being the old veteran at 41 years of age! Thank you for your service, Mr. Holt.
Picture taken in the Spring of 1945, used to promote They Were Expendable. After four years in the service, the slender and gorgeous young man is now far in the past. But the middle-aged man of fuller face (and body) has become one handsome dude.
This photo of Bob was listed on eBay for some time by one of the larger vendors who used a caption that just did not fit the photo. It was a write-up of Bob's comments when he returned from the Pacific in 1943. But, in no way was this a 39-year-old Bob. I wrote a note to the vendor asking them to confirm the caption since it did not seem to fit the photo. Did not get an answer...big surprise. At $33.88, I wasn't in the position to buy it just for the correct caption, but when it was lowered to $8.88...well, why not. There is a short newspaper story attached, part of it is given below. The photo was taken October 17, 1956, so it's a 52-year-old Bob. Yeah, that makes more sense.
"The electronic age has transformed the motion picture actor, Robert Montgomery, into a television producer-director and presidential adviser. In Seattle today with President Eisenhower's touring caravan, Montgomery visits the Civic Auditorium this afternoon to direct arrangements of the President's address and telecast tonight. An urbane and soft-spoken man, Montgomery made several suggestions to the local Republicans who were "dressing" the auditorium for tonight's program. On the right is George Kinnear, Republican state chairman."